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Saturday, 29 July 2017 06:09

Seattle man held over DDoS attacks in Australia, US and Canada Featured


A 37-year-old man from Seattle has been arrested in connection with distributed denial of service attacks on businesses in Australia, the US and Canada.

The arrest follows a joint 2½-year investigation by the Australian Federal Police, the FBI and the Toronto Police Department, the AFP said in a statement on Friday.

The DDoS attacks took place in 2015 and many of the businesses were contacted by an individual who made unspecified demands from them.

The man was arrested on Wednesday US time. He is now in custody after appearing in the US District Court for the State of Washington in Seattle.

AFP manager Cyber Crime Operations, Commander David McLean, said the arrest was an indication of the close working relationships Australia had with other countries.

“This is a timely reminder to cyber criminals that international law enforcement is a team sport. Our ability and willingness to work together at a distance and across borders has never been greater,” he said.

“I would like to thank our international partners for their co-operation as well as for their patience and persistence in bringing about this result.

"I would also like to acknowledge the companies who were victims of the attacks for their ongoing co-operation.”


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Sam Varghese

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.



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